Care routine for dehydrated skin
Dehydrated skin lacks moisture. It is a temporary skin problem that can affect all four skin types. Even oily skin can be dehydrated. Dehydrated skin feels uncomfortably dry, the skin feels tight and sometimes itches, especially after showering. The lack of moisture in the top layers of skin is often homemade and can be completely remedied with the right products.
Recognize dehydrated skin
The typical signs of dehydrated skin include tightness, rough or even flaky areas, itching, fine wrinkles due to dryness and a lack of elasticity. Other unique characters can be:
- Your skin is oily but feels dry at the same time.
- You care for yourself with rich products and still nothing improves.
Good to know: There is a big difference between dehydrated and dry skin. Even if both feel the same, they still require very different care. Dry skin needs oil, dehydrated skin needs water.
This is how dehydrated skin differs from dry skin
Dehydrated skin is not easy to recognize and is often confused with dry skin because there is little difference in how the skin feels. Both feel “dry”. It's worth taking a closer look here, because there are important differences in skin care. Dehydrated skin lacks water , dry skin primarily lacks fat and only secondarily water.
Another difference: dehydrated skin is a temporary problem that can be remedied with the right care products. Dry skin is innate and accompanies you throughout your life.
Causes of dehydrated skin
Our skin is like a sponge. It stores water in its deep layers and ideally makes your skin look beautifully smooth, elastic and supple. The water moves from the depths to the outer layers of the skin to nourish them and maintain skin functions. The outermost layer of skin (horny layer) acts like a barrier and retains water in the skin so that too much of it does not evaporate to the outside. If the barrier is compromised, the water evaporates too quickly . A lack of moisture occurs in the outermost layer of the skin.
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Young skin usually has a good supply of its own moisture. The older we get, the more our ability to retain water in our skin decreases. Older skin is therefore somewhat less hydrated per se. But harsh cleaning products, stress, alcohol and smoking, long bathing or winter air can also lead to a temporary loss of moisture , even in young skin.
We learned above that every skin type can be affected by a lack of moisture. We will now take a closer look at the three most common combinations of dehydrated skin.
Dry skin is a skin type that accompanies you throughout your life. Dry skin primarily lacks the skin's own lipids (skin fats). That's why the care products for dry skin are so rich. Unfortunately, a lack of moisture usually comes hand in hand with dry skin, at least until the care is optimally adjusted, because its ability to store water in the skin is limited. That's why it's important for this skin type to rely on the combination of lipids AND moisture.
Your facial care routine: Stick to the dry skin care routine . The FIVE facial serum contained in it, in combination with our rich products, ensures the moisture your skin needs.
Does your skin become greasy quickly, but still feels dry? Obviously it can't be due to a lipid deficiency, your skin produces enough of it. Your skin wants moisture so much that it tries unsuccessfully to balance the moisture balance by producing more lipids. This skin condition can be triggered by incorrect care with aggressive cleansing products or too frequent washing, but hormonal changes or a genetic predisposition can also promote the imbalance of oil and moisture.
Good to know: If the oily but dry skin feeling is accompanied by an uneven skin surface with lots of sebum plugs and impurities and the skin is sensitive, this is called seborrhea sicca , also known as “dry fatty skin”. It is a subtype of oily skin. This skin condition has a severe imbalance between oil and moisture, which can make skin care a real challenge, depending on the severity. We have dedicated a separate blog article to dry, oily skin, feel free to read it .
Here are a few basic tips for skin care for oily but dehydrated skin.
- Avoid heavily foaming facial cleansers: These products contain soaps or surfactants and are specifically designed to dissolve oil. We are often told that we have to lather thoroughly several times a day and rinse off with plenty of water - you will know this, especially if you have oily, impure skin. However, studies show that the combination of lipid loss and water significantly reduces skin hydration. It can take hours for your moisture balance to return to normal. This also applies to excessive washing with water only. Here less is more! Tip: Cleanse gently and do not completely degrease your skin. Only use lukewarm water in the morning. In the evening, a very mild natural cosmetic cleansing gel, used sparingly, is sufficient. The surfactants used in it are gentler than in conventional products. The best way to remove make-up is with a little oil.
- Avoid light skin care products that contain alcohol: Some moisturizing skin care products contain alcohol. Among other things, this material ensures the feather-light feeling on the skin that we love so much. But alcohol makes the skin barrier permeable. This causes more water to escape. Tip: Avoid products that contain alcohol , alcohol denat ., ethanol or spirits in the INCI. (Any other alcohols listed in the INCI are fine.) Instead, choose serums that provide plenty of moisture with plant hydrosols, glycerin and hyaluronic acid, like our FIVE facial serum .
Your facial care routine: Note the triggers mentioned above and otherwise stick to the care routine for oily skin .
Losing elasticity also indicates a lack of water in the skin. Now I don't want to tell you that you can turn back time with a great moisturizer - although that would be really great! But it definitely helps prevent premature skin aging or slow down the process. Very important: be consistent and don't wait too long! When the skin is well cared for over years or decades, it becomes grateful.
But why does mature skin become dehydrated? It stores less water and it evaporates more quickly. There are several reasons for this:
The connective tissue can absorb less water than before. At the same time, the skin's ability to retain water decreases. The skin becomes thinner and sebum production decreases, which weakens the skin barrier. Regeneration also slows down. The skin needs longer to recover from harmful care and cleansing substances.
Your facial care routine: Mature skin needs the full program of fat AND moisture. Stick to the care routine for mature skin , the products it contains cover the needs of your skin. Rely on high-quality care oils (summer) or even richer balms (winter), which nourish the skin barrier with the urgently needed fatty acids. Because these become rare in the skin over time. Supplement the oil care with a moisturizing serum with hyaluronic acid and glycerin, which bind a lot of water.
Conclusion for dehydrated skin: fat, moisture or both?
To finally get your dry skin soft and supple, fat alone is not enough. Get to the root cause and give her what she really needs. What signs do you see in yourself and what do they indicate? Let's summarize again briefly.
- Has your skin always been dry? Then stick to an oil-based care product, which you round off with a moisturizer.
- If you've had dry skin for a while, get rid of products and habits that disrupt the barrier and give it plenty of moisture.
- If your skin is dehydrated and oily at the same time, then it lacks moisture.
- Pamper mature skin with the full program of fat and moisture.
A good supply of moisture is useful for all skin types and becomes increasingly important as we age. Your skin’s needs change over time. That's why listen to your feelings and keep adjusting your care routine.